Nirsoft creates many simple yet useful network related tools. We already covered some popular ones in the past such as Browsing HistoryView, OperaPassView and many more. Today, we review WifiInfoView, yet another free and useful tool which was recently released by Nirsoft.
WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them. This includes:
- Network Name (SSID)
- MAC Address
- PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n)
- Signal Quality
- Channel Number
- Maximum Speed
- Company Name
- Router Model
- Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more…
In a way, it also helps you find the Wi-Fi network with best speed around you, so you do not have to suffer from a weak wireless signal.
How to use WifiInfoView
Like most Nirsoft tools, WifiInfoView does not require installation of any type. Also, it can be can copied to a USB drive or stored in cloud so that it can be run on virtually any computer from anywhere. Once you have downloaded the tool and extracted its contents, run the program.
The main interface of the program is automatically displayed with a list of all wireless networks that it finds in your proximity. By default, WifiInfoView displays full detail mode SSID along with the signal strength in green bars, the MAC Address, the PHY Type (a/b/g/n), signal quality, frequency (2 GHz or 5 GHz), Channel, and Company (D-Link, Netgear, etc).
It is possible to change the view mode of the Nirsoft application among 5 different categories. You can select the Channel Summary, Companies Summary modes too. For instance, Companies Summary Mode groups the items based on the manufacturer’s name. Channel Summary Mode, on the other hand sorts out the networks according to the number of channels they support.
You can change update rate from Options->Update Rate menu.
When you select one or more wireless networks in the upper pane, the lower pane displays the Wi-Fi information elements of the selected items, in hexadecimal format.
WifiInfoView is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is not compatible with Windows XP since, the tool is based on new Wi-Fi API that doesn’t exist on Windows XP. You can download this tool from nirsoft.net.